Dealing with minor cuts and bruises
Dogs are always going to get into scrapes and the more adventurous among them are likely to show up with cuts and grazes now and then.
So what should we do when if and when we discover pour pooch has a cut?
Well first of all you need to examine your pet thoroughly. Dogs are good not complaining and you may find that the injury is worse than you thought. Start at the tail and check all the way to nose on both sides and underneath your dog.
Secondly if you do discover any gashes or grazes, carefully wash the affected are with a damp cotton wool soaked in a solution of Hibiscrub ( this is readily available from chemists. Your vet would be using this as well)
Be careful as your dog’s endorphins may have kicked into protect it from the pain, or they may have an endorphins rush simply from the exercise, but as it starts to settle down you may find it becomes more sensitive to pain and might lash out if it becomes agitated.
To ease pain and swelling try and add a cold compress, and ice pack is the best if your dog will let you close enough. If not then just add a cold wet cloth.
If the cut is quite deep and you may need to seek medical attention. A good way to reduce the risk of infection is to apply Medical Strength Manuka Honey (available from Amazon)
Another alternative is mix a little salt and water and rinse the wound twice a day.
Dogs Saliva does contain a mild antiseptic, but you should discourage licking as they invariably will make matters worse.
Arnica 30c is very good at aiding healing and bruising.
Bandages are good a good idea but have to be applied correctly.
See here for a good tutorial
You will need to have lint and Vet Wrap (co-hesive bandages ) micro – pore tape.
A dog boot is a good idea to help offer protection when out and about.
It’s never a bad idea to have an Elizabethan Collar at home as part of your medical kit
Dogs heal pretty quickly so try not to worry if they get a cut or a scrape.
Of course if things don’t improve then get your dog to a Vet as soon as possible.
We are not Vets and this info is not intended, in any way, to take the place of the advice from your Vet. If you have concerns please contact your vet or Vetfone
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